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Matso's Lime and Ginger

Even though I’m not a beer drinker, there’s plenty of yummy options at The Hop Factory for a lazy Sunday afternoon drink.

Caught up with some friends on the weekend, because one is off north for her final year of uni, and got to taste this delicious Matso’s Lime and Ginger cider. A wonderful summer taste, given I was tossing up between it and the three ginger beers on the menu, it had enough ginger for me :)

The Hop Factory Darby Street Cheese Platter $18

A cheese platter and some live cover music (a guy with an acoustic guitar covering a very wide range of tunes, including Come as you are, some John Butler, and a little Incubus!) made for quite a pleasant afternoon.

The Hop Factory
102 Darby Street
Cooks Hill NSW 2300
PH: 02 4929 4854

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Two lots of schnitzel for you. One a fancy pants $15 but with gourmet toppings and the other two for $15 with basic sauces but still good chicken.

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Here we have the Duke of Wellington’s (in New Lambton) Monday and Tuesday night two for $15 offering. Here with the  mushroom sauce,  and chips and salad. Other options include ypur regular steak sauces like pepper and Dianne.

nacho schnitty

Next up is the fancier $15 schnitzel from the Warners Bay hotel brasserie.  Shown here with the nacho topping.  Certainly fancier, but still a $15 meal.

Any other Monday night schnitzels you’d suggest I try?

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Seaview Malaysian, Redhead

November 21, 2012 · 1 comment

Liz's Birthday at Seaview Malaysian, Redhead
Gluten Free Sponge from Slice of Life. Yum!

A family birthday dinner in a Malaysian Chinese Restaurant in the suburb of Redhead. Seaview Malaysian was able to adjust our meals so all dishes were gluten free, and boy we were stuffed by the end of it!

Liz's Birthday at Seaview Malaysian, Redhead
Prawn Toast (not GF)

Liz's Birthday at Seaview Malaysian, Redhead
Chicken and Sweet Corn Soup

Liz's Birthday at Seaview Malaysian, Redhead
Short Soup

Liz's Birthday at Seaview Malaysian, Redhead
Sang Choi Bao type Lettuce Wraps. This was my entree and it was awesome :D :D

Liz's Birthday at Seaview Malaysian, Redhead

So, Rish and I were starting to admit defeat after the entrees (I had only really had lunch at about 5pm too), but somehow, as the soft shell crab came out (no photos – way too yum in the salt and peppere gluten free batter!), and then the other dishes started to arrive we made an effort :p

(photos not included include the noodles, fried rice, honey chicken, tomato braised beef and probably one more dish!)

Liz's Birthday at Seaview Malaysian, Redhead
Sweet and Sour pork was … sweet.

Liz's Birthday at Seaview Malaysian, Redhead

Liz's Birthday at Seaview Malaysian, Redhead
Amazing lemon chicken. Nice tender chicken pieces, great sauce. I could have eaten this all myself!

Liz's Birthday at Seaview Malaysian, Redhead
My order. Veges and tofu

There was room for cake, or in Rish’s case, Deep fried ice cream! He can never say no!

Liz's Birthday at Seaview Malaysian, Redhead

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In my mind
In a future five years from now
I’m one hundred and twenty pounds
And I never get hung over
Because I will be the picture of discipline
Never minding what state I’m in
And I will be someone I admire
And it’s funny how I imagined
That I would be that person now
But it does not seem to have happened
Maybe I’ve just forgotten how to see
That I am not exactly the person that I thought I’d be

And in my mind
In the faraway here and now
I’ve become in control somehow
And I never lose my wallet
Because I will be the picture of of discipline
Never fucking up anything
And I’ll be a good defensive driver
And it’s funny how I imagined
That I would be that person now
But it does not seem to have happened
Maybe I’ve just forgotten how to see
That I’ll never be the person that I thought I’d be

And in my mind
When I’m old I am beautiful
Planting tulips and vegetables
Which I will mindfully watch over
Not like me now
I’m so busy with everything
That I don’t look at anything
But I’m sure I’ll look when I am older
And it’s funny how I imagined
That I could be that person now
But that’s not what I want
But that’s what I wanted
And I’d be giving up somehow
How strange to see
That I don’t wanna be the person that I want to be

And in my mind
I imagine so many things
Things that aren’t really happening
And when they put me in the ground
I’ll start pounding the lid
Saying I haven’t finished yet
I still have a tattoo to get
That says I’m living in the moment
And it’s funny how I imagined
That I could win this, win this fight
But maybe it isn’t all that funny
That I’ve been fighting all my life
But maybe I have to think it’s funny
If I wanna live before I die
And maybe it’s funniest of all
To think I’ll die before I actually see
That I am exactly the person that I want to be

Fuck yes
I am exactly the person that I want to be

aaaaaand skip to a bout 2:50 :D

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Amanda's 30th Birthday Dinner at Silo
Rocking the Blue and Green :)

Another in the series of 30th birthdays, this time a Monday night in Honeysuckle.

Amanda's 30th Birthday Dinner at Silo
The chicken

Two large tables, one table had their mains done, dusted and cleared before our table’s even came out! *jealous*

Amanda's 30th Birthday Dinner at Silo
The Beef

Cocktails and wine flowing, and craft beers around.

Amanda's 30th Birthday Dinner at Silo
The Lamb

The flash was essential, I had no idea what things looked like under that light!

Amanda's 30th Birthday Dinner at Silo
The pork – Tasted great, looked better in the dark though! (gluten free)

Amanda's 30th Birthday Dinner at Silo
Vego Pasta

Amanda's 30th Birthday Dinner at Silo
The “confusing” duck…. twas a little rubbery. Speck was a highlight! (gluten free)

Amanda's 30th Birthday Dinner at Silo

Happy Birthday Amanda!!!!!

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Newcastle

Newcastle springs. Been a little while since I’ve lived through one, but I remember now, too hot in the sun for a jumper, but the second the clouds come in with that strong wind, the jumper is back on again in an instant. Always carry one, something light, black, and tied around your handbag.

(which is my advice for a Canberra summer evening, btw)

Estabar

Sunday morning brunch at Estabar, out in the sunshine. A coffee to perk me up.

Estabar

Avocado, lemon and feta from the special’s board, with gluten free toast. Notice how they’ve figured out us food bloggers and instagrammers???

Estabar

Breakfast beans and feta with sourdough for Rish.

Estabar

Pear and walnut bread.

Some nice light brekkies to start our Sunday :)

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Newcastle turned on a gorgeous Saturday afternoon for Phil’s 30th.

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Bobbing around for a few hours, eating finger food, and enjoying being on a boat.

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Happy Birthday Phil!!!!

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Jessica’s 30th Birthday Lunch – Paymaster’s Cafe, Newcastle

August 20, 2012

Rish’s Roast Pumpkin and Beetroot Tarte Tartin And the string of 30th birthdays, engagement parties, weddings, and spawning continues. Something about the face that I graduated highschool in the year 2000, I’m told. So, this time around, it was Jess’s turn to turn 30. Another lunchtime affair (showing our age ;) Baked Camembert Paymaster’s Cafe […]

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Breakfast @ Merewether Surfhouse Cafe

August 6, 2012

Newcastle turned on the sunshine for our friends visiting from Canberra over the weekend. A little different to the -4 overnight they’d come from! We took them out for breakfast at Merewether Surfhouse Cafe, making it there 10 mins before the 11:30am cutoff for ordering breakfast. (they were out of polenta, which is understandable given […]

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Talking Blogging @ Frankie’s Place, Darby Street

breakfast August 3, 2012

Caught up with @SawHole at Frankies for our first time actually getting together in the city we live in!!! Delish Almond and Pear friand for me, and a late breakkie for Lisa. While confusing the staff while talking blog-speak ;)

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Vincent’s at the Coliseum – Mayfield, Newcastle

August 2, 2012

Mmm Lamb Frittata Tea Hey that’s the boat my dad was on when I was a kid!!! Vincent’s at the Coliseum 122 Maitland Road Mayfield NSW 2304 (02) 4967 7456

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On Newcastle Coffee Culture

July 19, 2012

The Bonsoy delivery has arrived, albeit late, to Darby street. The barristas breathe a sigh of relief as the Hipster riot is averted. — Fiona. littlelioness (@phonakins) July 16, 2012

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Post-BBQ Birthday Dinner – Acquazul, Honeysuckle

Sorbet July 16, 2012

The Scallops with Avocado Salsa, Main Size $30 After a day of hugging people and eating cake, a small group of Sydney/Canberra people and I went into Honeysuckle to have dinner. Our first stop was the Honeysuckle Hotel which I hadn’t been to before, and then we went for dinner at Acquazul. Entree sized Pork […]

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Talulah Bar and Restaurant, The Junction, Newcastle

Duck and beetroot June 19, 2012

To celebrate one of the girls finishing her Med school exams for the semester, a group of us met for drinks at The Junction Hotel, and then went across the road to Talulah for dinner. Amazing chips to tide us over while we waited for our meals. I’m personally not that into tapas (tend to […]

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Merewether Surfhouse Bar & Grill

Merewether Surfhouse June 12, 2012

A late lunch over the weekend at the fairly new (opened in November) Merewether Surfhouse. I both hadn’t realised that the original clubhouse had finally been torn down nor that this gorgeous new building with stunning views was just down from the Beaches hotel. With a rare break in the rain for the day, and […]

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